For the American dream home, a propane sauna heater is the ultimate in luxury. Nowadays, the McMansion will include such amenities as a wine cellar, gym, pool, movie theater, entertainment room, patio fireplace, outdoor living room, and a master bathroom larger than some small apartments.
If this describes your ultimate dream home, then you are likely planning to include a sauna, one that should be powered by a gas or propane heater.
Though it represents a higher initial investment, a Vico propane sauna heater is essential for a sauna room that will be frequently used. Their propane heaters come in two sizes — 40,000 BTU or 80,000 BTU — and the prices run $3,200 and $5,500 respectively.
The size you need is easy to figure out: generally, gas heaters require about 1,000 BTUs for every 15 cubic feet of sauna. For example, a 4-person sauna measuring 8’W x 10’L x 7’H equals 560 cubic feet, which will require a 40,000 BTU propane heater. Take a look at the Vico specs below and see why this is money well spent.
If you are in the initial planning stages of a sauna, there are a few items that you’ll want to look for. First of all, a high quality propane or natural gas sauna heater must be made of stainless steel to prevent rust and corrosion. As you do your research, you’ll find that a Vico will have these key features:
Gas and propane heaters last substantially longer than electric heaters, which is another reason they are a popular choice for use in commercial saunas at health clubs.
They heat up the sauna room faster than an electric heater, and they require less maintenance as well since gas heaters have a burner assembly and do not have heater coils which require more frequent replacement.
And while more expensive initially to purchase and install, gas or propane heaters are less costly to operate in the long run and they consistently offer a more reliable and regulated supply of heat than wood-fired and electric sauna stoves.
High-end homes often see the installation of a Vico propane sauna heater as there are not many manufacturers of gas heaters in the business and none that match the quality of a Vico.